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Kilpisjärvi ski tour day 2 (part: 3)

First day of our tour can be found here and a general post of the trip here. The track from Saarijärvi to Kuonjarjoki unmanned cottage is one big, gentle and never ending uphill. Whenever you decide to do this, in summer or winter, take a lots of patience with you and as much the favourite snacks as you can carry. During the day, you get comfort by reminding yourself that after this hill the summer body is about guaranteed. To be honest, I slept the first night on the ski tour very bad. There was nothing wrong with the unmanned cottage. Instead, my body was overloaded with skiing. Sudden 8 hour physical demand to my office body was just a bit too much. I slept in total maybe 3 to 4 hours in small bits. Once, I even needed to go to the toilet in the middle of the night. It was horrible. It was dark, windy, -24C and stepping out from the comfort of the sleeping back is not to describe with words. However, …

The first day of the ski tour in Kilpisjärvi, Finland (part: 2)

Our ski tour started in the Kilpisjärvi town, located next to the The three-country cairn in the very North of Finland. We arrived the day before the start of the ski, ate well and slept well in a cottage. The next day around the noon, we had finally packet everything well in our sledges and managed to start the trip. Now afterwards I can say that the first day was the toughest of them all. The first part from Kilpisjärvi to Halti is to ski from Kilpisjärvi to Saarijärvi. In the beginning was the steepest incline of the trip. At this point, also our sledges were the fullest from all the food we had taken with us. We got to ski the first part in daylight, but in February, it gets really early dark and at the first day, we did not manage to get to the destination before dark. It started to snow at the sunset. Headlights normally makes the visibility better, but combined with a totally white surroundings and falling snow, the torches …

Hike to Pilatus mountain, Switzerland

Pilatus mountain (2128 m) is located in Lucerne in central Switzerland. You can take the easy way and travel with a mountain train to the top – or you can hike it. We chose the latter one. However, we did not start at the sea level, but rode with our car to the end of one road close to the river Eistlibach. During the hike, we covered 16 km and climbed 1102 m. We did this hike in mid August (2020) and had a pretty good luck with the weather. In the mountains, it was just a perfect warm weather meanwhile down in the town it was almost too hot. This hike is not a one for the very beginners. This specific hike is actually the reason why we went to a climbing course and started actively doing some climbing. The route we took begins with a wide path that can be ridden with a car. At the half way to the top, the forest road changes to a path. In the very last kilometers …

Ski tour in Kilpisjärvi, Finland (part 1: general)

Right now is the perfect moment to start planning the ski tour for next winter. I have been thinking for a long time to write about the ski tour we made in the end of February 2021. However, it has felt like an impossible task to describe in words those amazing 7 days we spent in the Arctic Lapland. Therefore, I cannot just write one post that describes the trip. The preparations took weeks – finding the right equipment, drying our own food to take conveniently with, studying the maps, checking the corona measures (and testing)… However, I’ll try to summarise in this simple page, and in some following posts, I’ll try to write more details. The weather menu is very diverse in the wilderness of the North West Finland. Unnamed hiker in the logbook at an unmanned cottage in Kilpisjärvi wilderness Our initial target was to climb to the highest point of Finland, Halti, but the weather was so tough – and luckily we at this age so wise – that we did not …

Top 2 restaurants in Zakynthos, Greece

What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it. Gabriel García Márquez I did not have very big expectations regarding the restaurants in Zakynthos. I was actually expecting to see some standard beach clubs – but oh so wrong I was! However, when in Zakynthos, you need to know exactly where you are heading in order to find those places you really need to visit. We visited plenty of restaurants during our 2 week stay on the island, but two of them, I’ll always remember: Nobelos and Cotton Club. Cotton Club We enjoyed our Sunday lunch dressed up appreciating the sea and mountain view. Pretty perfect – especially when you have woken up at 05:00 am to hike, then took a 3 hour nap, and were woken up to go for a lunch. I could spend the rest of my life with days like this. Unfortunately this was our last day on the island. Otherwise, we would certainly visited several times. Cotton Club is a …